Nightingale Middle School

Project 5 - Unsinkable Titanic

Project #5 (page 341-349) – Unsinkable Titanic Due 12/10

Dear DAMS Scientists,

Welcome to the second aquatic project. In this competition you are required to build two ships. One with keel and one without. You are to compare which design has better balance. This project will be due November 28, any questions please proceed to project headquarters in room 374. Good luck to you all.

I. Objective: To design and build a ship using the concepts of buoyancy and density to achieve maximum buoyancy and balance. 

II. Research- Ships with and without keel

III. Hypothesis

IV. Materials: 
1. popsicle sticks (any size) 
2. wood glue 
3. aluminum foil 
4. ruler 

V. Requirements: 
1. The length of your ship must be between 15 inches and 20 inches, and the width 5 to 8 inches 
2. The ship cargo area must fit at least four 1/2-liter (500 ml) water bottles. 

VI. Grading: 
1. To get an A your ship must hold one 2-liter bottles of water while maintaining balance without sinking for more than 3 seconds. 
2. To get a B your ship can hold one 2-liter bottles of water while maintaining balance without sinking for 2 to 3 seconds. 
3. You will get a C if your ship doesn’t work 

VII. Procedure: How did you build your project? (Must have at least 5 steps) 

VIII- Data Table


X Results

What was the result? 
A. What went right? 
B. What went wrong? 

XI. Conclusion

XII. How did you feel about this project? 

XIII. Checking for Understanding- Answer the following questions. 
1. What is the weight of your ship? 
2. How much buoyant force is pushing up on your ship? 
3. What is the mass of your ship? 
4. How much volume is displace by your ship? 
5. What is the density of your ship?